Midland Sales yard was an old industrial area that has been redeveloped as part of the Midland regeneration plan. Aigle Royal have developed the 14 hectare site into a new light industrial, large format retail and commercial area providing new services to the area. The large site will generate a significant volume of stormwater that required a management plan to mitigate its impact on the surrounding area.
After careful consideration by Cardno engineering consultants the Australian made ‘ecoAID™ Stormwater Chamber System’ was specified to provide underground water storage across the entire site. There were a number of reasons for the specification of ecoAID™, however the deciding factors on this particular project was cost and most importantly because ecoAID™ has been designed to cater for extremely heavy semi-trailer loads (designed, tested and manufactured to AS 5100.1 Concrete Bridge Design Code).
The project consisted of 5no. underground stormwater tanks (4no. detention & 1no. Infiltration) equating to a total of 1,547m3 of stormwater storage. One tank was installed under an access road, one tank in the verge and three tanks under the car park area. The construction site posed many challenges including highly contaminated material and weak subgrade.
After detailed discussions between Cardno and Geofabrics the most cost effective solution was proposed and consisted of the following:
The next stage of the system was to install 20-50mm dia drainage rock providing additional storage and strength to the system. Recycled Crushed Concrete was selected as it’s cost effective and provides a great opportunity to recycle and reuse existing aggregate which helps towards a sustainable and low emissions environment.
The ecoAID™ chambers, end caps, associated geotextile wrap and inlet manholes were then installed and the final pour of the drainage rock embedment material was completed before the HDPE liner contractors came back to close up the ecoAID™ tanks.
In summary, the ecoAID™ chamber system was specified because:
1) It’s cost effective - benefits the client.
2) It’s a strong system being able to cater for semi-trailer and heavy vehicle loads - ideal for this project.
3) The chambers are quick, light and easy to install - great for the contractor.
4) Clean washed recycled drainage rock (RCC) is acceptable for the foundation and embedment backfill material - good for the environment and a great cost saving for the client.
5) Geofabrics provide upfront and ongoing design suggestions to ensure the project requirements are met - helpful for the design consultant.
6) ecoAID™ is designed, tested and manufactured in Australia -positive for the local manufacturing industry and lower carbon footprint compared to imported products.